Mr. Shinichiro Kawai


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Mr. Shinichiro Kawai

I was born and raised in Setagaya Ward, which is not very far from Shibuya, the birthplace of Tokyo's youth culture. I am honored to have the opportunity to relay the charms of Tokyo, my first home, to the people of Canada, my second home, as a representative of the Toronto Representative Office.

Though I have lived in Canada for many years, I think that what most helped me re-discover the charms of Tokyo and my birthplace of Japan was to look from the outside in. Doing this has allowed me to find a myriad of charms I didn’t notice while living there; the way of drinking tea, the way Japanese food is served, the warm greetings at ryokan. Each of these things has brought to light the connection between Japanese people and nature, their sense of beauty, and hospitality.

Canadians are becoming increasingly interested in Tokyo, the next hosting city of the 2020 Olympic Games. In anticipation of this momentous event, I would like to convey Tokyo's many and sundry charms to the people of Canada. Travelers from abroad find things (that are taken for granted and considered mundane by local people) very fresh and surprising. The lifestyles of Tokyoites that originated in the Edo period and have continued since, the seasonal festivities and events, the world-leading technology, pop culture...Tokyo is brimming with You&Tokyo discoveries for visitors.

I, myself, am planning to discover many more Tokyo’s new charms and would like to share these discoveries with you.

If you are interested in Tokyo, please feel free to contact our office. We are eager to help you make unforgettable memories in Tokyo.